Nose Versus Eyes

Nose Versus Eyes

Nose Versus Eyes by William Cowper

Title: Nose Versus Eyes

The title shows us that there is a conflict in between two organs. They are nose and eyes. The title attracts the attention of the readers as it a strange and incredible concept to show the struggle in between nose and eyes.

Writer: William Cowper

William Cowper was one of the most popular 18th century English poets and composers of hymns. His poems deal with Nature and everyday life. He is aptly described by Samuel T. Coleridge as ‘the Best Modern Poet’ of his times. Though he studied jurisprudence, he later admitted that he was ‘not much inclined’ to the legal profession.

Poem: Nose versus Eyes

The poem ‘Nose versus Eyes’ is a satire on the judiciary system. It also mocks at the stone-blind justice in a humorous manner. It emphasizes upon the lack of empathy and common sense in judiciary system.

Ice- Breakers Activities:

3) Name the five sensory organs and provide phrases/idioms/ proverbs related to them.


Five sensory organs-

1) Nose

2) Eye

3) Tongue

4) Skin

5) Ear

Proverbs / Idioms / Phrases related to the sensory organs-

a. To turn a deaf ear.

b. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

c. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

d. The apple of one’s eye.

e. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

f. A slip of the tongue.

g. Beauty is only skin deep/thick skinned

h. Get under one’s skin.

i. Have one’s nose in the air.

j. Rub one’s nose in it.

k. Become tongue tied.

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